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Things To Do In Goathland, Activities & Attractions

Goathland is a beautiful village nestled in the North York Moors. Here are 6 things to do in Goathland when you visit.

If you’re visiting Goathland and are looking for things to do while you are there…look no further! Here are 6 things to do in Goathland to keep you occupied.

1. Ride the North York Moors Railway (NYMR)

North York Moors Railway

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The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a regional speciality attraction that provides fun for the whole family. This infamous steam service runs from Whitby to Pickering and passes through a handful of beautiful stations in the stunning scenery of the North York Moors. Calling at six stations across 24 miles of track these vintage steam engines are a real blast from the past. You might recognise the iconic station at Goathland for its appearance in the Harry Potter films, as ‘Hogsmeade’ station.

2. Take the Mallyan Spout to Beck Hole walking loop

Goathland Walking Route

One of our favourite walks is the Mallyan Spout / Beck Hole loop. Starting at the Goathland Car Park, this route is a brisk 3 miles walk that is suitable for all abilities; particularly families. Typically this walk is around three hours long so it’s a great way to spend a morning with the kids before a tasty lunch back in the village. The route takes in delightful woodland and follows the water at West Beck before returning along with the original Pickering to Whitby railway line trackbed. There are toilets at the start and finish of the walk. Click here for more information and a map for this walk

3. Admire Mallyan Spout Waterfall

Mallyan Spout Waterfall in Goathland

This wonderful natural waterfall is the reason that many Victorians flocked to this former spa village in the 1900s. The 21m of tumbling waters enchanted the visitors of yesteryear, putting Goathland firmly on the tourist circuit of the era. Be sure to visit this sublime attraction on your visit to Goathland. Set in a deep gorge in the North York Moors, the Mallyan Spout is the highest waterfall in Yorkshire, a must-see activity for all visitors to this wonderful village.

4. Visit the Model Centre

The Model Centre

For those interested in model railways, there is The Model Centre which is a wonderful little shop selling all kinds of model railway paraphernalia to satisfy your trainspotter after a visit to the NYMR at Goathland Station. There are local ‘Aidensfield’ souvenir pieces available here too.

5. Visit St Mary’s Church

St Mary's Church in Goathland

Situated at its present site since Elizabethan times, St Mary’s Church was fully rebuilt in the 1900s being completed by its designer, Mr Walter H Brierly of York in 1896, at the time he said: “The qualities of simplicity, breadth and sturdiness were felt to be specially required for such a bleak moorland situation, and were aimed at in the design” There has been a place of worship in Goathland for at least eight centuries. It is definitely worth a visit.

6. Take a day trip to Whitby

Whitby Town View

One of the most popular things to do in Goathland is venture over the North York Moors and visit Whitby for the day. Whitby is a seaside town that rests along the North Yorkshire Coast at the mouth of the River Esk around a 20-minute drive from Goathland. Whitby visitors will find that Whitby possesses uniquely diverse claims to fame. The well-known explorer Captain James Cook began his famous sailing adventures here. Legendary writer Bram Stoker experienced a stroke of genius in Whitby when he first conceived the idea for his classic novel Dracula. Whitby is famous for its fresh seafood and fantastic restaurants.

There is also a vibrant nightlife scene around Whitby, with plenty of pubs, cocktail bars and cafes to keep you well hydrated. Some of Whitby’s most popular attractions include; Whitby Abbey, The Captain Cook Museum, visiting one of the many beaches, visiting nearby local villages and taking a ride on the NYMR railway plus much, much more.

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